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This - Liver Blood Stagnation - is a syndrome in Chinese medicine.
It affects lots of people, including many women with irregular or painful periods and/or heavy menses.
It sometimes looks like Liver Qi stagnation, not least because if Liver Qi Stagnates for too long, Qi will stop moving - just as in a traffic jam, if delays last for too long, people get out of their cars and berate one another, so the whole parade grinds to a halt.
We have a wonderfully apposite word for this, quite fitting for this syndrome: a 'snarl-up'.
So one syndrome can lead to the other, and to treat it you must also, and nearly always first, treat Liver Qi Stagnation.
However, the symptoms of Liver Blood Stagnation are usually more severe than those of Liver Qi Stagnation.
Where do you get the symptoms, and what are they like?
In women (you may not get ALL of these symptoms, of course):
To understand this syndrome, you need to understand what Chinese medicine thinks about the function of the Liver. Read more about this at Liver Functions, but briefly, the Liver is said 'to store' the Blood and to keep your Qi moving. The Liver is also said to have a major role in regulating the contents of the lower part of your abdomen, ie inferior to your umbilicus.
Putting those functions together you can see that if Liver Qi stagnates, it won't be able to store the Blood properly, especially in the lower abdomen, and also there will be difficulties with Qi flow. Read on for the cause of Liver Qi stagnation.
Stagnation of Liver qi over a long period is the cause. In traditional Chinese medicine, Blood moves only because Qi moves it. If there isn’t enough Qi to move it because the Qi is stagnant, then the Blood will stagnate.
the cause of Stagnant Liver Qi is nearly always emotional, in particular
anger or frustration, it is these emotions, held over a long time that
are the root cause of Stagnant Liver Blood.
First the Stagnant Liver Qi must be dispersed so that Liver Qi flows smoothly, then the Blood must be regulated. Acupuncture is usually very effective for this.
However, because the root cause is emotional, the patient must be helped to recognise where his or her problems come from. If it is from a relationship they may need separate help in addition to acupuncture.
Acupuncture, I have found, is amazingly good at helping Liver Qi Stagnation. If that is helped, even short-term and before longer-term changes have been made - eg in a relationship - then there are often good prospects for Liver Blood stagnation.
If the root of the emotional problem cannot be adjusted, then the likelihood is that Liver Qi will again stagnate, bringing in turn more Liver Blood stasis.
When symptoms of Liver Blood stagnation are far advanced, many people, especially women, will already have resorted to surgery by the time they seek acupuncture. Surgery may remove the cysts and tumours but is unlikely to deal with the emotions at the root, so probably the Blood stasis will recur, possibly elsewhere in the body.
This question of Qi stagnation is of such serious concern that I have written a book about it, see also below.
Read about the main Liver syndromes by clicking on the following links:
Liver Functions in general including Liver Qi Stagnation
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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